Archivist Intern

The Summerland Museum and Archives Society is seeking a post-secondary graduate Intern from June 4, 2018 to November 30, 2018. The candidate must  have a bachelor’s or higher degree in Archival Studies, Library and Information Sciences, Archival Records Management, Digital Humanities, Public History or other related degree in the last 24 months. The position involves working with the Archives Registrar on our backlog completion project, which includes accessioning and deaccessioning items in the Museum’s collection. This project will require the Intern to have a strong familiarity with databases, digitization, electronic records, and a working knowledge of the local history of Summerland.  The Intern will be an adaptable and energetic self-starter who is friendly, responsible, and conscientious.  He or she will be responsible for:

-Accessioning and deaccessioning the Museum’s collection, including physical arrangement (like sorting, boxing, labeling).

-Digitizing important historical documents and photos.

-Identifying and assessing the archival value of objects.

-Managing and interpreting historical photos, particularly for outreach and educational purposes.

-Creating database records.

-Answering inquiries related to local history.

-Performing research regarding local history.

-Making the archives accessible to a wide range of users. 

-Assisting the Archives Registrar and Museum Administrator in other duties as assigned.

This description of tasks should not be construed to contain every task that the Intern may be assigned.  Interns will be asked to carry out other related duties as required.

This is a grant-funded position through the Young Canada Works Program.  The candidate must be between the ages of 16 and 30, be a recent graduate who has graduated from a college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment, and be legally entitled to work in Canada.  A Criminal Record Check is required.  This is a paid ($16.00 per hour), hourly office-based position (which is wheelchair accessible) lasting up to six months.  It will have a flexible schedule of 30 hours a week, Tuesday to Saturday.  All applicants must make their own living arrangements for them to stay within commuting distance to Summerland, BC. Resumes with a cover letter can be emailed to as soon as possible.

Summer Student Program Coordinator

The Summerland Museum and Archives Society runs a museum and archives year-round in Summerland, British Columbia. Summerland is situated within the beautiful South Okanagan Valley. Summerland (population 8,742) is an agricultural community with a location that makes it a natural tourist hot spot, particularly in relation to wine tourism, the Experimental Gardens, and the Kettle Valley Railway Train Ride. It has many opportunities for indoor and outdoor recreation, as well as a vibrant arts community.

The Summerland Museum and Archives is looking for a temporary 12-week full-time student to work as a Summer History Program Leader at the Summerland Museum, from June 4, 2018 to August 24, 2018.  This position will provide direct hands-on, career-related experience for a student considering a career relating to museum work.

The Summer History Program Leader will lead the development of the Summer History Program for Children, as well as museum tours, such as Geology or Grasslands Tours.  The Summerland History Program Leader will support the day-to-day operations of the Museum by welcoming visitors and answering phone calls. 

This temporary position is supported by the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations.  Candidates must meet the Young Canada Works Eligibility Criteria ( and register with the Young Canada Works online ( 

The ideal candidate will:

--be currently enrolled in relevant undergraduate studies such as History, Museum Studies, or Political Science.

--have a strong interest in working with children.

--preferably have experience in the development and implementation of programs for children.

--have experience using PC and MAC operating systems.

--have education, practical training, and experience working with children and/or the public.

--have an interest in museums and history, preferably with a focus on early 20th century Canadian history, including local Indigenous history.

--have excellent organizational ability.

--have strong communication, interpersonal, oral, and written skills.

The successful candidate is required to supply a criminal record check and a copy of their credentials.

Position Status: Summer Student

Hours of Work: 35 hours/week (Tuesday through Saturday)

Rate of Pay: $12.65 per hour

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter via email or mailed hard copy.  Email submissions should be sent to as soon as possible.

We want to thank all applicants; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.